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Thursday, February 28, 2013

My review:

"Everything you've ever believed about yourself...about the description of reality you've clung to so stubbornly all your life...all of it...every bit of an illusion." 

This is a line from the synopsis of this book and if this book were a biography instead of fiction, every bit of life as we know it would indeed be an illusion. The development of the characters and the story line pull you in so deep that while reading it you can almost believe that what you are reading is really happening. I say almost because while reading this my real life kept creeping in and making me face it instead of the pages of this book. 

The characters are engaging and easy to see three dimensionally, which will entice most any apocalyptic novel lover that touches it. Be warned that this book will take time and thought, this is not your momma’s dime store novel; this one has power and requires you attention. The struggles that Rose and Martin engage in throughout the novel will leave you dancing on your toes in a rage as you anticipate the release of the next novel. I am rating this book 4 out of 5. 


In the rubble-strewn wasteland of Alphabet City, a squalid tenement conceals a treasure "beyond all imagining"-- an immaculately preserved, fifth century codex. The sole repository of ancient Hermetic lore, it contains the alchemical rituals for transforming thought into substance, transmuting matter at will...and attaining eternal life.

When Rose, a sex and pain addicted East Village tattoo artist has a torrid encounter with Martin, a battle-hardened loner, they discover they are unwitting pawns on opposing sides of a battle that has shaped the course of human history. At the center of the conflict is Paul, the villainous overlord of an underground feudal society, who guards the book's occult secrets in preparation for the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy.

The action is relentless as Rose and Martin fight to escape Paul's clutches and Martin's destiny as the chosen recipient of Paul's sinister legacy.  Science and magic, mythology and technology converge in a monumental battle where the stakes couldn't be higher: control of the ultimate power in the universe--the Maelstrom.

The Book of Paul is the first of seven volumes in a sweeping mythological narrative tracing the mystical connections between Hermes Trismegistus in ancient Egypt, Sophia, the female counterpart of Christ, and the Celtic druids of Clan Kelly.

About the author:

Richard Long is the author of The Book of Paul and the forthcoming young-adult fantasy series The Dream Palace. He lives in Manhattan with his wonderful wife, two amazing children and wicked black cat, Merlin.

Richard Long writes to exorcize the demons of his past and manifest the dreams of his future.

His debut novel, The Book of Paul, is a dark, thrilling, and psychologically rich supernatural horror/thriller that blends mythology, science and mystery into a page-turning addiction.

Richard is also writing a YA novel, The Dream Palace, primarily so that his children can read his books.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife, two amazing children and their wicked black cat, Merlin.
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Unknown said...

Thanks for the wonderful review Leanne, glad you enjoyed it so much.